We’ve been keeping an eye on Wicked Grounds Kink Cafe (289 Eighth St.) since April when they posted concern that they could no longer keep their doors open (See: Wicked Grounds Experienced a Kink in Their Armor). At the time, they were begging for a benevolent Top to come along and insert a butt plug to stop their financial excrementation. (Wow, I can’t believe I just wrote that.)
They’ve spent the past six months trying to raise $100,000 to stay open for an entire year. It is with regret that I inform you that they have failed to generate enough money, and as of this past Wednesday, they have closed their doors for good. I’ll let them explain it:
As many of you know Wicked Grounds had to close its doors last week Wednesday. This closure is most likely permanent.
Wicked Grounds has been a struggle from the beginning. We received a lot of support then and continued to receive support throughout which allowed the cafe to keep going for as long as it did. For that we, and we hope the community, is forever grateful. Unfortunately, it was not enough and 7 months ago the decision was made to close. The debts from first opening, everyday operating costs like staff, healthcare, and general business bills were greater than the income of the cafe. 6 months ago, YOU, the community, gathered and raised the funds we needed to stay open for half a year more. All the warmth and sense of community, family, and friends really helped us in our struggles.
Sadly, those fundraising efforts and community warmth was just not enough. As announced in March, the cafe truly needed $100,000 to even consider staying open a year. The fundraising efforts brought in just over half that, which meant staying open for 6 months. Wicked Grounds used that to update behind the counter operations, pay some past debt and current bills and do much needed maintenance on the space.
Even after multiple community donations, fundraisers, VIP memberships, and loans, it became evident that we could not continue due to our financial constraints. We made the decision to file for Chapter 13 reorganization bankruptcy. Essentially, gathering everything together to come up with some type of payment system for current cafe debts and personal debts to last a few years. Unfortunately, after reviewing all the paperwork and looking at our situation as a whole, we could not continue under Chapter 13. We had to decide to shift to a Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy in hopes to get more time to get our books in order and to hunt for investors to continue. But the process didn’t progress as expected and the rules of the court required that we close the cafe immediately. Please believe that this was hard on us, so very hard, and not at all what we wanted or expected.
This closure and announcement was as sudden to us as to you, our community, and for that we apologize. We were trying to upgrade and fix things, as well as work on the debts. Sadly this could not be achieved simultaneously. We are past the point of fundraising efforts, so while we appreciate the love and support, Wicked Grounds will not host another fundraiser and can no longer accept pledges, loans, or donations. The only way Wicked Grounds can reopen is if someone steps forward to purchase the business as a whole.
The Wicked Grounds family would like to thank the community for all that you have done for us throughout these last two years. Your continued support, love, patronage, and most of all your spirit, helped keep us alive. Shall Wicked Grounds remain closed, we would like to encourage all customers, munch leaders, and general public to continue on. Remember: There is no rest for the Wicked!
Finally, to all our employees, volunteers, munch organizers, suppliers, neighbors we are truly grateful and THANK YOU.
With our deepest regards,
Mr. and Mrs. Wicked Grounds
I am apparently far too vanilla for this Cafe as every time I passed by, I tried to work up the mental strength to walk in and ALWAYS chickened out. That’s not to say that I don’t believe in what they were trying to do, and feel sorry that the owners and supporters now have one less Munch location to fill their void.
And I don’t know why, but the last line of their letter above reminds me of this song from a couple years ago by Cage the Elephant. The groove even kinda fits the feel of the cafe, in my non-attending opinion:
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